--QB Philip Rivers put up some gaudy numbers against the NFL's top-ranked pass defense, going 21-of-35 for 308 yards and three touchdowns. His numbers greatly outweighed Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, who finished with 181 yards and one touchdown. However, Big Ben came away with the win, improving to 2-1 in head-to-head matchups against Rivers.
--RB Darren Sproles struggled on the ground, gaining only 15 yards on 11 carries, but made big plays in other phases of the game. Sproles had a 63-yard kickoff return and a 62-yard touchdown catch to keep the Chargers in the game. Sproles led all Chargers receivers by averaging 18.1 yards on five receptions.
--Not letting his extracurricular activities hold him back, WR Vincent Jackson grabbed a 41-yard catch from Rivers just four plays into the game. However, he only caught one pass for 8 yards the rest of the way.
--WR Chris Chambers also helped carry the passing game by collecting four catches for 72 yards. In five playoff games with the Bolts, Chambers averages 4.8 catches.
QB Philip Rivers
--With LaDainian Tomlinson on the sideline with a groin injury, the Chargers running game was nonexistent. The Steelers out-rushed the Chargers by 150 yards.
--The Bolts were also unable to stop -- or even slow down -- RB Willie Parker. Parker ran 27 times for a season-high 146 yards (5.4 avg) and two touchdowns.
--San Diego led time of possession by three minutes after the first half, but it was all down hill from there. The Steelers dominated the third quarter, when the Chargers held the ball for only 17 seconds, before establishing a 13-minute advantage in TOP for the second consecutive meeting.
--While TE Antonio Gates suffered from a high ankle sprain, he put his best foot forward to pick up any slack with the absence of LT. Gates led the team in receptions for the second consecutive week (five) while tallying 58 yards.
--San Diego's offensive line failed to create a solid wall for Rivers, who was sacked four times for the second straight game. Steelers LB LaMarr Woodley, who had only two sacks in his previous seven games, downed Rivers twice on Sunday.
--Penalties have been an issue for the Bolts all season long. San Diego was flagged eight times for 104 yards in Pittsburgh -- 60 yards more than the Steelers accrued.
With Sunday's loss, the Chargers season comes to an official close. The first step in the rebuilding process comes this weekend, when the Chargers will have scouts in Mobile, Ala., for the Senior Bowl. SDBoltReport.com's Michael Lombardo and Samantha Fillerup will be on-hand to cover the developments as they happen.